Restorative Justice: Unsung Ally in the Prevention of Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Use

The prevention field in general –prevention of juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout or alcohol and other drug use – is moving from a focus on the pathology and deficits of an at-risk person toward a focus on resiliency.

In an article posted on, author Kathryn Wosser Page, PhD, discusses an approach that may hold great promise for creating the conditions for resiliency, the practices of restorative justice (RJ). These practices reverse the disconnection and dangerous pleasure-seeking that characterize much of our culture today.

To read the article, go to